The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, James Duddridge, responded to an Urgent Question asked by Mark Durkan, Social Democratic & Labour Party MP for Foyle in the House of Commons on the meeting of the Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council.
About Urgent Questions
At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.
The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.
Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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